GEORGE Kambosos Jr is not one to shy away from making bold statements.
The brash Sydney resident, who is widely regarded as Australia’s consensus number one lightweight, has unleashed a tirade of trash talk towards undefeated former national titleholder Qamil Balla ahead of their high stakes collision on Saturday night.
Kambosos (11-0, 6 KOs) and Balla (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will risk their undefeated records in a fight that is being lauded amongst the wider boxing community. No paper titles, no regional baubles and no sanction fees, with the pair facing off for nothing other than bragging rights at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.
As Kambosos admits, he’s just happy that the Melburnian is showing up after an agreed bout failed to eventuate last June due to an untimely injury suffered by Balla.
“Of course, I was in doubt that he would pull out again,” said Kambosos to Aus-Boxing.
“I wasn’t sure if he would pull another heart string when we picked him. Luckily enough, Qamil’s heart has held up in camp so I can give him that boxing lesson that has been waiting for him since last year. I will take his heart away from him.”
“Balla’s style is slow, sloppy, uncoordinated and flat footed. Sometimes he looks like he’s gonna fall over his own feet, and hurt himself. For what I see as his biggest strength is simple, one word, nothing.”
The 23-year-old, who is currently the tenth rated contender for Jorge Linares’ WBA lightweight championship, has spent the bulk of his training camp in the US for the second consecutive fight after a successful stint in Los Angeles last year, where he prepared for his career-best win over Brandon Ogilvie in December.
“America is the Mecca of boxing and where ninety five percent of Aussie fighters fail,” he explained. “I’m prepared to do whatever it takes and be based in Los Angeles to change this, where I will be training under Justin Fortune and Freddie Roach. I’ve been sparring 75 rounds at the Wild Card with the best fighters in the world for this fight. It has evolved my game to another level once again.”
“After my last camp and decisive victory over Brandon Ogilvie, everyone said how good I was. Well, I went back to put the work in and sparred the best fighters in the world including Ray Beltran and former US Olympian Jose Ramirez. I knew what I was going to do to him, I believe in myself and my abilities.”
“I told you guys leading up to the fight what I had in store for him and still many of the experts doubted me,” he added. “So I had to pull out a performance like I did and punish Ogilvie extra hard, just to prove you all wrong and make you all never doubt me again.”
“But once again many are saying Qamil Balla will win this fight, so unfortunately for him, he too will have to feel the full force of punishment when anyone doubts me.”
While on the topic of discussing his training regime, the unified regional titleholder also took the opportunity to take aim at the local camp of Qamil Balla, who has brought in former IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib to help him prepare for the challenge of the defensively astute Kambosos.
“Qamil has stayed in Melbourne – done the same old mistakes with the same old trainers – and with the same D level and has-been sparring partners,” he remarked. “The difference will be evident when we take the ring this Saturday. Preparation is everything and I know how I’ve prepared, he’ll be questioning his preparation from the opening bell.”
Balla, 27, holds a win over current OPBF welterweight titleholder Jack Brubaker, a friend and close sparring partner of Kambosos. But as Kambosos freely reveals, the fight was in his opinion too long ago to hold any significance.
“That fight ain’t relevant,” he declared. “Jack was very early in his career and that was three years ago. That’s the only name Qamil has on his record, the rest are taxi drivers with more L’s than the RTA. He ain’t been in the hard fights, he doesn’t know what it’s like at this level, the big time level.”
“Well, guess what? I am the big time level and he will find out the hard way. But if he’s banking on that victory against Jack, he’s in big trouble. Then again, he is fighting the best fighter in this country so he’s already in serious trouble no matter what.”
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